Genetically engineered sweet corn from Monsanto is headed for Walmart store shelves, the first GE product to travel from farms directly to consumer plates.
Other Monsanto GE foods have first been processed into animal feed, sugars, oils, fibers and other ingredients found in a wide variety of conventional food, says Beyond Pesticides.
And you won’t even know it, since there is no federal labeling requirement for GMO foods in the US. The most recent attempt at labeling was removed from the Farm Bill in late June when Congress succumbed to corporate lobbyists.
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) quietly approved Monsanto’s corn at the end of 2011. The “drought tolerant” corn is designed to be resistant to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide and to produce a Bt toxin that kills insects that try to feed on the plants. The corn is being grown in the Midwest, Northwest, Southeast and Texas.
Despite an onslaught of consumer pressure (500,000 signatures), Walmart confirmed that it has no objection to selling the corn in a statement to The Chicago Tribune. “After closely looking at both sides of the debate and collaborating with a number of respected food safety experts, we see no scientifically validated safety reasons to implement restrictions on this product,” the company told the Tribune.
While Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s have vowed not to sell the corn, and food company General Mills has come out against it, Safeway, Kroger and other grocery chains are silent on the issue.